The Renting Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) (Wales) Regulations come into effect on 1 December 2022 for all new social and private rented tenancies and a year later for existing tenancies in Wales. The Regulations place new legal requirements on landlords in relation to electrical safety checks, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. As part of NAPIT’s commitment to educate the nation on the details of new Electrical Safety Regulations, NAPIT’s Chief Technical Officer, Frank Bertie, will be presenting a bespoke NAPIT webinar series.
The webinars are aimed at electricians, landlords, tenants, and local authorities who own, manage or work in social or privately rented properties in Wales. With a choice of two dates, an option to sign up to receive a recording, and the webinar featuring Welsh subtitles, the series is highly accessible.
The webinars will provide an overview of the Regulations, support for landlords and tips for how electricians can best assist landlords to meet the new requirements. There will also be an opportunity to have your questions answered.
Commenting on the initiative, Frank Bertie, NAPIT’s Chief Technical Officer says: “After the success of our recent webinar campaign and guidance on the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, we felt it important to support our members and the wider industry by creating accessible, digestible information about the new Regulations in Wales. The introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in all social and privately rented homes is a very welcome step toward enhancing electrical safety standards in homes, yet there are some important differences between the English and Welsh Regulations on this subject, which our webinar will cover to provide clarity and enhance understanding.”
To accompany the webinars NAPIT has created two informative guidance documents that are freely available to download online. Firstly, a guidance document for electricians working in rented properties and, secondly, one for landlords explaining what the new legal requirements are and covering many frequently asked questions.
The Regulations were initially due to come into force on 15 July 2022, but due to representation from landlords who were concerned about this implementation date, the Minister has postponed implementation of the Act to 1 December 2022.
Read NAPIT’s guidance for landlords, local authorities, and tenants here.
Register to join a Webinar or to receive a recording here.
Read the Written Statement: Implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016: deferral of implementation date here.